Feature: Branding of a Heretic.
Branding of a Heretic is the first short story in the “Nihilian Effects” series. It is an epic fantasy written by my good friend Kal S. Davian. You can get it for for free today on Amazon.
PAGECOUNT: 33 pages.
Claradina is a calm and collected historical scholar, that is until she stumbles upon information in a recently uncovered document that could change the world forever. With the collective Mind standing in her way, she must gain allies and bend the rules if she is ever going to expose the truth behind the history.
Lu’vina stared back at her, then turned toward the window before answering. “As far as I can tell, the age of the thing feels right.” Most su’nora could sense the age of an object, the time span of its existence, some down to the month of its formation. Claradina found it to be quite a useful tool at times like this. “What do you intend to do?” she queried, turning back to examine the scroll again. “It is quite possible we may have missed a few documents during the Purge.”
Lu’vina was referring to the Purge of Lies, a period of time a century ago in which many new documents were found. Each contained contradicting facts about the followers of the light, painting the dark races as righteous and their acts in history justified. But the documents were quickly falsified by the Mind–a council of scholars that made major decisions for the religions views and histories–and this led to nationwide burning of any document said to have even the slightest mention of the dark portrayed in a lighter fashion.
But Claradina’s findings were too accurate. “I do not believe so,” she said, fingers to her lips in thought as she stared at the scroll. “I feel I need to put in a petition to the Mind.”
Lu’vina was quiet. When Claradina looked up, she realize her clerk was not being thoughtful, she was stunned.
“M-my lady, are you sure this is a wise decision?” Lu’vina finally stuttered. “If the Mind views this wrongly, you could be tried and killed as a traitor! I suggest we examine it further before coming to any rash conclusions.” She sounded close to terrified.
Claradina rounded the desk and placed her hands on Lu’vina’s shoulders, the su’nora woman’s deep black eyes large and fixated on her own. “I can understand how you would be frightened by this. Truly, I do. I am not entirely sure what to make of it all yet, but I believe that if we stick together on this, properly prepare our results, they will see the light of the matter.” She held up a hand before Lu’vina could make another protest. “You go put in our petition and I will write letters to the Brother and Sister scholars I am acquainted with to set up meetings and see if we cannot rally some allies on the matter. Go, now.”
~ by Sander on October 13, 2012.